5 ways to eat cheap and tasty in China
May 30, 2018 / Travel
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China is an amazing, extraordinary picturesque country with its own traditions and customs. In terms of food it is not like Russia either. Today I want to tell you how you can eat tasty and cheap in here.
Option number one is to eat in canteens of student campuses. Rice is the main course there. There is a lot of it in China and it's cheap - bowl of rice cost approximately 3 mao ($0,04) here in 2016. You can choose different additives to the rice: broccoli, pea, corn or chicken. All of it is being prepared in a large amount of oil and condiment, which is usually spicy. Parched and dry rice goes really well with additives like these. The average price is 2 yuans ($0,3) for one additive. It means you can spend from $0,8 to $1,6 in such canteens.
Student campuses are concentrated in downtown as well as in outskirts of the city, prices don't depend on remoteness - it is all the same. In order to pay for food you should buy coupons at the entrance. For example you give 10 yuans ($1,6) to the special people and then they'll give you coupons for that amount of money, which you can spend right away or sSecond option is street food. There are a lot of street food in China, it's cheap and tasty. But you should careful because food poisoning is real! They sell everything on the city streets - beginning with flatbread and finishing with rice and meat. Prices for flatbread are varying from 1 to 2 yuans ($0,15-0,30), chicken costs about 5-7 yuans ($0,8-1). You can find street food everywhere you go, but of course most of street food locations are in the central part of the city.
Third option is connected with so-called ''chefankas'' as Russians call Chinese cafe and snack bars. Except rice and macaroni you can try some interesting food like malatan here. The ingredients for that Chinese soup you should choose by yourself and then the cook will just bowl all of it. The individual receipt dish like that will cost you $1,6-2,4 on average.
Also in cafes you can order rice and additives. It's interesting that Сhinese people at first serve only additives and after that they serve rice, but they make an exception for foreigners. Moreover, sometimes dishes are served on a round table which is spinning. It is very convenient when you have dinner with a big company. You can twist the table choosing dishes you like and put it on your plate.
''Chefankas'' are located everywhere like our supermarkets. But numbers of chefankas are even larger.
If chinese food doesn't fit you or you're already tired of it, you can eat in cafes of Muslim cuisine. In fact these cafes are not too much different from Chinese cuisine because they use same condiments. The main difference is meat: sometimes in Chinese dishes you don't understand what exactly you're eating, but in Muslim dishes - it's basically chicken. The average check in Muslim cafe is about $2,4-4,8.
There are not so many places like that in the city. There were only two of this in the area where I've studied - it's called ''muslimky''. You can find addresses in the internet or ask locals for the information.
After all you can eat in a European cuisine's cafe or McDonalds. There are everything familiar to us: pizza, rolls, french fries, cakes. By the way, it will be a bit unusual for sweet-tooths cause cakes and candy are not as sweet as in Russia. And there are very small number of chocolate bars.
European cuisine in China is not very common phenomenon. You should orientate on the average check about $8-14,5. European cafes are usually concentrated in malls, shopping streets and central parts of the city with big congestion of tourists.
In general, there are a lot of places where you can get food in China. Just choose the one that you like more and enjoy!
*P.S Prices are relevant for 2016.